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Laboratory Services

Student Education

The clinical laboratory is the cornerstone of the medical world. Approximately 70-80% of medical decisions are based on the results generated from samples processed in the laboratory. The professions found in the laboratory are knowledge intense, dynamic and clinically relevant. These professions include the following:

  • Combined Laboratory/X-ray Technology (CLXT)
    • Routine Chemistry
    • Routine Hematology
    • Routine Transfusion medicine
  • Cytotechnology (CYTO)
    • Microscopic identification of cell abnormalities
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)
    • Laboratory knowledge focusing on pre-analytics
      • Anatomical Pathology
      • Chemistry
      • Hematology
      • Microbiology
      • Transfusion Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (diploma and degree) (MLT)
    • In-depth knowledge and testing focusing on pre-analytics, analytics and post-analytics in all disciplines of laboratory services except Cytotechnology including the following:
      • Anatomical Pathology
        • Autopsy
        • Gross dissection
        • Histotechnology
        • Immunohistochemistry
      • Chemistry
        • Routine
        • Special
        • Molecular
      • Hematology
        • Routine hematology and coagulation
        • Special hematology and coagulation
      • Microbiology
        • Bacteriology
        • Virology
        • Serology
        • Public health
      • Phlebotomy and other specimen collections
        • Blood collections
        • Urine collections
      • Transfusion medicine
        • Routine
        • Complex

Education to enter these fields of laboratory specialization is offered at a number of facilities. The following table provides details. Click on the program link below for additional information.

 

Educational Institution

Program(s)

Length of Program(s)

# Intakes per Year

# Students per Intake

ABES

MLA

19 weeks (see 1)

2

21

NAIT

CLXT
CYTO
MLA
MLT

2 years (see 2)
2 years (see 2)
23 weeks (see 3)
2 years (see 2)

1
1
2
1

40
3
28
32

RDC

MLA

23 weeks (See 3)

1

20

SAIT

MLA
MLT

19 weeks (see 4)
2 years (see 2)

2
1

32
56

U of A

MLT (MLS degree)

4 years (See 5)

1

29

1 = 14 weeks didactic and 5 weeks clinical practicum
2 = one didactic year and one clinical practicum year
3 = 16 weeks didactic and 7 weeks clinical practicum
4 = 12 weeks didactic and 7 weeks clinical practicum
5 = one pre-professional year, one didactic year, once clinical practicum year, and one research, advanced didactic and laboratory concept, and management year.